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Date set for EMRO meeting

Blackpool Town Hall

Blackpool Town Hall

A hearing into proposals to restrict early morning drinking in Blackpool has been rescheduled for February.

Blackpool Council’s licensing committee will reconvene on Monday, February 3, to consider the application by Blackpool Police for an Early Morning Restriction Order (EMRO) which would ban alcohol sales in part of the town centre after 3am.

Five days have been set aside for the hearing at the town hall, which has already been postponed twice.

It was originally set down for September but was delayed to allow more time for all the evidence to be presented.

The hearing started on Monday, December 9, but was adjourned after lawyers acting for the pub and club industry argued there had been a “wholesale failure” in giving interested parties documentation in time.

Coun Adrian Hutton, who chaired the meeting following the sudden death last month of licensing chairman Coun Norman Hardy, warned at the time: “I don’t want to be in this position again.

“It’s got to be third time lucky or there’s going to be a lot of problems for a lot of us.”

Police have applied for an EMRO in a designated area of the town centre in order to tackle late night violence but club operators have warned the move will damage tourism and result in job losses.

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